Dragon Inn

Synopsis: The Eunuch of the Emperor has ordered the commander of his army condemned to death for betrayal and insurrection. The commander's family was was murdered to cut off his bloodline, but his two youngest, a son and a daughter, were expelled from the empire to the outlands in an attempt to draw out the commanders confidant and adviser. In order to complete the plan, the Eunuch sent his ultra-secret Black Arrow Troop to assassinate the two remaining children and the advisor. The ambush: to be carried out at the Inn Of Dragon's Gate at the border. The plans fail as journeymen of great swordsmanship turn up at the inn. From that point until the end of the flic many battles take place. This film is a masterpiece of martial arts swords-play and speaks the tune of "The Swordsman" and the "Zatoichi" films. A must see for fans of classic Asian cinema.
Genre: Action, Adventure
Director(s): King Hu
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
111 min


China, Ming Dynasty, the eighth year

of the Jingtai Era, 1457.

Eunuchs controlled both

the government and the power.

The two most important agencies

were the "Eastern Agency"

and "Imperial Guards".

These are the Imperial Guards.

And these are the Eastern Agency

special agents, called "Fan Zi".

They are very cruel individuals.

People are terrified of their infamy.

This is their second-in-command,

Mao Zong Xian.

This is their first-in-command,

Pi Shao Tang.

Highly trained in the skill of martial arts,

they commit ruthless acts.

Their commanding officer

is Zhao Shao Qin.

A powerful man

and a highly skilled swordsman.

His martial skills are at their peak.

He rules his government officials

by instilling fear.

Minister of Defence, Yu Qian,

was made Chief of Executions.

He has been framed

by these dirty beasts

and is due to be executed for treason.

His children will be exiled to the distant

frontier outpost of Dragon Gate.


Executive Producer

Jung-feng Sha


LS Chang

Lingfeng Shangguan,

Chun Shih, Ying Bai

Music by Lau-Ping Chow

Written and Directed by

King Hu

Look, Yu's spirit will not die that easily.

Send his children to the outposts

or they'll be a threat.

Your Excellency,

you have such foresight.

Cut the grass and rip out the roots,

never let it grow again.

- They're coming!

- You go on ahead.



Step aside!

Move, move!


Officer, hurry and run.

- Who are you?

- Quickly!

Your Excellency.

What's the matter?

Oh? They're planning to attack us?

They can't get too far,

we can catch them.

No, better to wait for them

at the Dragon Inn.

- Look!

- What is it?

Over there!

Call the boss.

Boss! Boss!

- What is it?

- Your guests have arrived.

- Guests?

- Over there.

- Help with their luggage.

- Yes, sir.

You're leaving now?

Do come back again.

Strange that there are travellers

in this season.

Good day, sir.

Let us help with your baggage.

Welcome, everyone.

Please come in.

This way.

Hurry, bring water! Make some tea!

Please come in.

Please take a seat.

Would you prefer an upstairs room?

Good day, sir.

The boss is out of town,

so I will be at your service.

- What is your position here?

- I'm in charge of accounting.

How many people checked in today?

No one. Who'd come here

in this season?

Good. We will reserve

the whole inn.

The whole inn?

We'll be staying for five to ten days.

No other guests are allowed.


I understand, sir, but...

- Settle the rooms for everyone.

- Yes, sir.

Excuse me, sir, could you tip us

for carrying the luggage?

You, wait over there.

Let me prepare you more tea.


- Bring me a glass of water.

- Yes, sir.

How much?

Whatever, sir.

We've carried them for miles...

Very well.

How many soldiers are there

at the post?

- I'm not sure.

- Speak!

About 12 men.

You, take care of it.

We will use this place

to settle some official business.

You must ask my permission before

you accept any more guests. Understand?

Yes, I understand.

Hold a funeral for these men.

And bring me some tea.

You wait on the road,

I'll flush them out.

- Meet at the bottom of the hill.

- Yes, sir.

Keep some guards at the inn too.

Apologies, sir, but we are full.

- I don't need a room.

- Then what do you require, sir?

Where's the owner, Mr Wu?

- He's out of town on business.

- I see. When will he be back?

I'm not sure, sir.

Perhaps you should come back

another time.

- No, I'll wait until he returns.

- Oh...

I think it would be better to leave.

Oh? Why?

Because, er...

Because, erm...

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King Hu

Hu Jinquan (29 April 1932 – 14 January 1997), better known as King Hu, was a Chinese film director based in Hong Kong and Taiwan. He is best known for directing various wuxia films in the 1960s and 1970s, which brought Chinese cinema (including Hong Kong and Taiwan) to new technical and artistic heights. His films Come Drink with Me (1966), Dragon Inn (1967), and A Touch of Zen (1969–1971) inaugurated a new generation of wuxia films in the late 1960s. Apart from being a film director, Hu was also a screenwriter and set designer. more…

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